“There are gates in heaven that cannot be opened except by melody and song.”
—Attributed to Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi
Women’s earthy hai yaiyo chant,
shruti box, drum — “Ramzor Nigun,”
I add it to the playlist / prayer I made
for my niece’s wedding in Tel Aviv
in an autumn of knife attacks
Shalom / Salaam
Hai yai yo, Shneur Zalman’s “tones
dismantled of words” that tune the soul.
Women’s unison blossoms to harmony.
One voice ascends, ahhhhh,
seeks hidden places.
Dancing, I follow.
Ramzor comes from
Remez — hint, metaphor,
allusive perfume in the
garden of TorahThe Five Books of Moses, and the foundation of all of Jewish life and lore. The Torah is considered the heart and soul of the Jewish people, and study of the Torah is a high mitzvah. The Torah itself a scroll that is hand lettered on parchment, elaborately dressed and decorated, and stored in a decorative ark. It is chanted aloud on Mondays, Thursdays, and Shabbat, according to a yearly cycle. Sometimes "Torah" is used as a colloquial term for Jewish learning and narrative in general.
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